Shift

Switch between Gmail accounts like a boss.

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#2 Product of the WeekDecember 20, 2016
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Shift makes it fast, easy and beautiful to navigate between multiple Gmail, Calendar, and Drive accounts. It's time to put an end to the multiple browser, tab, incognito, logging-in-logging-out nightmare, and de-clutter your desktop workspace.

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  • Scott Lewis
    Scott LewisWeb Developer. Icon Designer. Blogger.
    Pros: 

    Shift is so much more user-friendly than Gmail out-of-the-box. I have multiple email accounts and Shift makes it easy to manage them all.

    Cons: 

    A few bugs here-and-there but nothing major.

    To be honest, I don't get excited about email clients. I don't even like email, truth be told, but I like email a whole lot more than I like talking on the phone. I have multiple Gmail accounts for my various websites. Having to use Gmail in a web browser is painful, sloppy, and cumbersome. What I like most about Shift is the ability to just hide the window when I don't want email in my face, but I can easily switch to it when needed.

    Switching between accounts is super easy and nicely organized (tabs). As far as the Gmail UI, once you are in the mail client it is identical. My guess is that Shift is built using the Node-Webkit framework so it is technically just a web browser with some nice bells and whistles in an enclosed environment. But that is not only fine, it's perfect. Why reinvent the wheel?

    Shift is basically a much better UX wrapper for Gmail than Google currently makes available. It is such a simple idea but it is excellently implemented.

    After using the free version for a bit I upgraded to Pro to help support quality work and for a few extra benefits & features.

    Money well spent, IMHO.

    Scott Lewis has used this product for one year.
  • Ninad Faterpekar
    Ninad FaterpekarUX Designer, Barclays
    Pros: 

    Decent mail client

    Cons: 

    BEAWARE, They force you to change your signature

    I've used this product on and off for a year. Apart from the constant bugs, the overall experience of the product is pretty decent. However, they lost me when they added that awful " Sent with shift " signature in my signature with no chance of removing it.

    Ninad Faterpekar has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
Hello Product Hunters, and thank you @awilkinson for hunting Shift! We built Shift with people who rely on multiple Gmail accounts and G-Suite apps like Docs, Drive and Calendar - for both personal and business purposes - in mind. In particular, those that love the Gmail web interface! One of the biggest pain points they face is constantly needing to toggle between all of these accounts. Shift ends that nightmare with one beautiful solution. Here are Shift’s best features: - Access Multiple Gmail/Inbox Accounts - Easily Switch Between Mail, Calendar & Drive - Cross-Platform Support for Windows, Mac, and Linux - Native Desktop Notifications - Support for Outlook.com With Pro, you can add unlimited accounts, across Gmail and Outlook. Shift Basic is completely free, and allows you to access up to two Gmail accounts. The good news? Every Product Hunter gets a free 90 day trial of Shift Pro! To redeem yours, make sure to click through to our website directly from here. Hint: Once you have downloaded Shift, check back in the comments below for a secret coupon code. The first one hundred customers to use the code in-app will get Shift Pro free for an entire year! Thanks for checking out Shift - we are excited to hear what you think! PS: I am putting my CEO cap on, and looking at opportunities to grow Shift. I am considering spinning it out to do just that. Right now, I am interested in chatting with highly motivated individuals that believe they could take Shift to the next level as CEO. I am also open to investors that would like to participate in that spin out. If you can help with either of those, directly, or indirectly, please feel free to email me: tobyn.sowden@rdbrck.com.
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
For those of you interested in sharing Shift with your friends, family, and colleagues - make sure you check out our referral program! You can share the Shift out of your unique referral code.. found in the app (Shift > Settings > Invite Friends). Have fun and #GetShiftDone!
Adithya Shreshti
Adithya Shreshti@adithya · Founder of Knowmad Life | Startuposphere
@tobyns Been a beta user, linked around 4-5 accounts. I like the seamless way of navigating between Gmail, Drive and Calendar. Con - If I want to view any file from my Google Drive, it launches my default browser that redirects me to Google's sign-in page, asking me to sign-in in order to view the file. Can't this happen within this app? I haven't tried the update, thus I am asking here. The other similar apps that I use are Franz / Manageyum and Clean Google Calendar.
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
@adithya Thanks for using Shift! Appreciate your feedback. We're considering including Docs & Sheets additionally so that this doesn't happen.
Adithya Shreshti
Adithya Shreshti@adithya · Founder of Knowmad Life | Startuposphere
@tobyns Awesome. Thanks for mentioning it here.
Bruce Kraft Jr.
Bruce Kraft Jr.@brucekraftjr · CMO, social media & viral director
@tobyns to increase adoption, I'd also recommend a landing page where accounts can be created without having to download the software to create an account.
Nadia Tatlow
Nadia TatlowMaker@nadia_tatlow · Marketing @nadiatatlow
Hey Hunters! As promised, we've got a special surprise for the First 100 to pounce 😺 Here’s what you do: Download Shift > head into Settings > click on the Pro tab (in-app) and enter our special discount code. If you’re quick enough, you’ll be automatically credited with Shift Pro for an entire year free. Ready for it? Here's the code: First100 *Please note that it is case sensitive!
Reinald Freling
Reinald Freling@rfreling · Founder of CocoaMail
@nadia_tatlow I used the code but nothing happened. And I now spent $19.99 I didn't plan to... There should be a way of indicating the coupon code isn't valid anymore or something...
Reinald Freling
Reinald Freling@rfreling · Founder of CocoaMail
@nadia_tatlow Is there anyway of cancelling? It says cancel anytime in settings tab but there are no links anywhere to do so.
Mori Baum
Mori Baum@mori_baum · Startup growth enthusiast
@nadia_tatlow I'm sorry - your product seems very nice but it feels like a scam when you offer a coupon but I have to enter my credit card details in order to see if I was quick enough. About to uninstall.
Nadia Tatlow
Nadia TatlowMaker@nadia_tatlow · Marketing @nadiatatlow
@rfreling Thanks for the heads up. Sounds like a little glitch. We would be happy to provide you with a year of Pro for free, and you can cancel at anytime so that it does not renew (unless you change your mind at some point). Just email us at hello@tryshift.com and we will take care of you.
Reinald Freling
Reinald Freling@rfreling · Founder of CocoaMail
@mori_baum @nadia_tatlow same here, I feel a bit cheated. Nice product but I simply wanted to use the coupon code, not subscribe for a year.
Sandro Jazzar
Sandro Jazzar@sandrojazzar
You have a typo on your pricing page. It says $19.99 per Year, should be Month :)
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
@sandrojazzar Believe it or not, it's actually ONLY $19.99 per YEAR! :) #GetShiftDone
Manny Orduña
Manny Orduña@manny_orduna
@tobyns give whoever came up with #getshiftdone a medal 😂
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
@mannyorduna MEDAL AWARDED -> @nadia_tatlow
Nadia Tatlow
Nadia TatlowMaker@nadia_tatlow · Marketing @nadiatatlow
@tobyns @mannyorduna I just upvoted the Shift out of that comment 😁
Manny Orduña
Manny Orduña@manny_orduna
It is actually quite hilarious that Google hasn't implemented a unified inbox yet.
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
@mannyorduna We think so too! We're avid Gmail and G Suite users and struggle with the flip flopping and context switching.
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
Ok, $19.99 a year isn't expensive, but Kiwi does the same as this for a one time fee that's less than half that. As I said before, yes, Shift looks a bit nicer, but what else is it bringing to the table to justify a subscription over a one-time purchase?
Yecine Dhouib
Yecine Dhouib@yecine_dhouib
@frassmith I was thinking the same i use kiwi everyday and it's fantastic. But when people send me drive links or when i have to go on the google developper console or to google play account the nightmare is still here. I have to logout from one account and login into another one ...
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@yecine_dhouib When did you last update Kiwi? Drive is built in now, as are Docs, Sheets and Slides as well as Calendar.
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@frassmith Kiwi is 10 bucks once (Canadian!) and a super-solid product. I have a hard time paying Yet Another Subscription in the email space for a product that doesn't do all that much.
Fraser Smith
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
@andreasduess Exactly.
Tobyn Sowden
Tobyn SowdenMaker@tobyns · CEO @ Redbrick
@frassmith @andreasduess @yecine_dhouib If you love Kiwi, we love you. People that use Kiwi understand the problem of navigating Google accounts. We thought we could add our own spin and have some exciting features coming in 2017. Shift is more expensive and it's a subscription... we felt that we couldn't build a sustainable business off a small one time fee. Also, we're Canadian too! :)